These days the internet is filled with thousands of new blogs popping up each day. It seems like everyone and there siblings has a blog setup on WordPress or Blogger. There is no question blogging has become the more popular choice in expressing individual content on the web. With so many people entering this large niche, it makes it hard to standout from the pack. One thing you can do to save yourself from the rest is have a great design to work with. Over the past several years developers have improved the look and functionality of one of the first blogging platforms to gain popularity, Google’s Blogger. I’m highly recommending NOT to use one of their free themes due to many of them with broken template images and some which are not updated to the latest XML blogger. You can still choose from a wide variety of free quality XML blogger themes. Now, what makes a quality template?
EYE CATCHING HEADER
First impressions are everything, if a reader isn’t initially stuck on your site…you probably lost the reader for life! Isn’t it scary how the world of blogging works? I suggest finding a header that has some sort of graphic element to it. You’ll find out how one simple graphic can change your loyalty rate.
SEARCH FOR BROKEN LINKS
Be sure that you view a demo version and test the links. A site’s look is worthless if it doesn’t work properly! In order for your blog to have credibility it should have a perfect flow from page to page, post to post.
LOOK AT REVIEWS
If you can, look at what other Bloggers rank the theme. You should have own opinion ultimately but it doesn’t hurt to be influenced if one Blogger template has 5 stars and the other has 1.5 stars. Sites that rank their themes like BloggerTemplatesFree can be very beneficial to the final decision.
MATCH YOUR NICHE
This is a simple concept, if you have a car blog then don’t download a template that has flowers in the header. Find a theme that matches and flows with your topic of interest. Find the best color scheme, layout, columns and functions that fits your blog topic.
All in all, many blogger sites have the same boring templates. Don’t go this route, trust me! Instead, look through the many sites offering free Blogger themes and find one that best fits your needs. Choose wisely and know that you can always change your theme if you feel you will outgrow the new one.